Patient Advocacy

Autism: Kate’s Journey to Optimal.

Good morning!  Today I’m doing something different with the blog.  I’m posting my first podcast with Kate Towler.  Where the two of us discuss Autism: Kate’s Journey to Optimal. In the video we talk about Kate’s background and her experience with Autism as a patient and as a parent.  Kate also talks what is Autism and how […]

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Taking the Taxpayers for a Ride: The RUC

The RUC (pronounced ruck)  is a secretive 29 person panel run by the American Medical Association that steers the cost of healthcare services and guides the government on Medicare reimbursement.   RUC members must sign non-disclosure agreements prior to entering thrice-yearly meetings to review the value of healthcare services for physician reimbursement and discuss how doctors […]

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Optimal Labs for Biohacking

I’ve received lots of questions about what Labs I use for my quarterly biohacks since the Heal your Hormones Bootcamp kicked off last month. Over the past two years I’ve established a habit of running labs every quarter. I consider these the optimal labs for biohacking.  I’m lucky that my PCP supports my efforts to achieve […]

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Quantum Health Model and Chaos N=1

In the Paleo and Biohacking worlds we always talk about N=1.  But what’s the best way to put N=1 into perspective with regards to your own health. Recently, I introduced the Quantum Health Model over on Dr. Jack Kruse’s website.  Today I’m going to show you how to leverage the model to help you figure […]

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Open Enrollment Comparing Options

Open enrollment is in full swing, and many have asked me what’s the best way compare the options that are out there.   For me, open enrollment comparing options started with figuring out where I could find the information to begin my comparison.  I hope what I’ve found over the past 4 weeks will help you […]

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Leveraging your Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account

Do you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or a Health Savings Account (HSA)? Do you know how to maximize its potential? Do you know the difference between the two? Are you taking advantage of them?

In my experience talking with my co-workers during open enrollment season, most don’t understand the difference between a FSA or a HSA, nor do they understand the benefits from electing to have one. Granted, my Human Relations department, does a great job providing opportunities to learn about FSAs and HSAs most of my co-workers can’t break free from a client site to take the time to attend an education session on the health care options during open enrollment. Even my husband didn’t take advantage of his FSA prior to us getting married and me adding him to my insurance plan.

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Appealing Health Insurance Claims

How do you navigate your health insurance? This is a question many haven’t really faced recently, given the changing climate of health insurance, with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. It’s important as consumers each of us understand how to ensure we received both coverage and payment for services covered under the […]

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Hormones, the link between Fasting Blood Glucose and PCOS

So it’s been a little over a month since I’ve been on the cycloset.  And what an interesting month it has been.  As I’ve tracked my FBG across my cycle I’ve discovered a correlation between my FBG levels and my Progesterone levels.  What?  How is insulin connected to hormones you ask?  “Insulin is a hormone, produced by […]

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Zeroing in on the Underlying Causes

Over the past few weeks, my PCP has run several tests, and I’ve had two consults with Dr. Jack Kruse.  What have we discovered?  We’ve discovered that circadian cycles, is a huge driver for me.  I have to fix the light mismatches going on.  What does that mean?  It means LIGHTS OUT As soon as […]

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